Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic is the Maryland rapper that has recently hit double platinum and was a nominee for Song of the Year at the Grammy’s. We look at Bobby’s life before fame and how his underground rap career made him a Hip-Hop superstar.
You probably know him as the “1-800 guy” but Logic has been in the rap game for years. He has released six mix-tapes and 3 albums with a 4th in the works. Genuine persona, intelligent lyricism and an impressive flow have made him a fan favourite for millions of Hip-Hop Enthusiasts.
With over 1’700 songs recorded (but only around 280 released) Logic has definitely worked hard to get where he is. In 2009 he kicked of his career with his first project, Logic: The Mixtape. Back then he went by the name of Psychological and later shortened it down.
Logic’s life was not the best; He lived in extreme poverty in West Deer Park, Maryland for all of his child life. His father was black and his mother white, because of this was bullied both at home and at school. His Brothers acted as if Logic was adopted and his own mother tried to strangle him at age 9.
Logic’s life started to pick up has he kept making music, he released another 4 mix-tapes between 2010 and 2013. Three of which were named after Frank Sinatra. in an interview with Boombox, Logic said “I love Sinatra, his music, the debonair to him, the honour — he walks into a room and everyone wants to shake his hand. I wanted to be that dude and bring that to hip-hop,”
Logic is constantly stating how much his fans mean to him and he really shows this on tour. Prior to the release of his second album, he toured fans houses to meet them and show them the album early and he provides Q&A’s for all of his concerts beforehand. It is also tradition for a fan to come on stage at the end of the show and rap his iconic song “Gang Related” with Logic himself.
Logic has a very popular selection of interviews with Lyric Genius, in which he breaks down all of his song lyrics from his new album. In his piece about “1-800” he talks about meeting fans and states “they’ve said things like, ‘Your music has saved my life. You’ve saved my life.’ And I was always like, ‘Aw so nice of you. Thanks.’ And I give them a hug, but in my mind, I’m like, ‘What the f***?’ And they’re really serious.”
The song, titled “1-800-2738255” after the number of the National Suicide Hotline, has gained lots of publicity and is the most well-known song in his discography. The song comes off his third full album Everybody, which tackles issues such as discrimination, racism, sexism and mental health.
Logic won “The Best Fight Against The System” at the VMA’s this year with his song Black Spider-man, featuring Damian Lemar Hudson. Logic has Recently toured the world with Damian and his friend Big Lenbo.